Brooke Keller is a high school junior who has never spent much time living in one place. She is finally in a town long enough to almost snag the boy of her dreams, until her life is threatened after killing a fanged man in his attempt to kidnap her. Brooke begins a dangerous journey in an effort to find out who is after her and how to stop them. In a world with powerful and prejudiced vampires, Brooke must tap into the side of her that she never knew existed at the risk of losing her life in order to save it. (From GoodReads)
My ReviewDescended by Blood is the exciting first book in the A Vampire Born trilogy by author Angeline Kace.
From the opening chapter of the book, the action and suspense get a firm grip on the reader's imagination and doesn't let go. Descended by Blood opens with an intriguing first chapter, showing the reader that main character, Brooke Keller, has a deadly secret, one she isn't even aware of. The secrets to Brooke's past continually unfold throughout the book, keeping the reader on the hook all the way to the last sentence.
Descended by Blood is filled with characters from both sides of the spectrum. Brooke is instantly endearing, you just can't help but like the girl. Even with all the obstacles she faces, she never comes across as whiny or annoying. Her best friend, Kaitlyn, is another character that I was drawn to. She was pretty much the perfect best friend. Always a shoulder for Brooke, always accepting. The "bad guys" are basically heartless and terrifying, with little regard for collateral damage.
However, I'm not completely on-board with the two guys vying for Brooke's affection. There wasn't, for me, a big choice. Jaren, who Brooke has wanted forever, kind of came across as, well, a jerk. He was very wishy-washy, someone Brooke can not rely on. Mirko, who becomes an ally to Brooke, is great. He's nice, tough, hot and totally dependable. It doesn't feel like it should be a huge decision for Brooke.
Angeline Kace is clearly a gifted writer. Her words flow like a good wine on a hot night. Seriously, the pacing of the narrative was brilliant. And the dialogue. Wow! The dialogue between the characters is spot-on. It never feels contrived or forced.
Bottom line? I thought Descended by Blood was a very good book, full of action, suspense and good characters. I'm excited to see what the author has to show with her next book.
"Something stirred within me. Almost a flutter in my gut, but less gentle, like a lion stretching and flexing it's claws into the earth."
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* I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.*